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ERIC Number: ED498638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
State of College Readiness for Latino Students
ACT, Inc.
The purpose of this report is to examine college readiness among Latino students using results from EXPLORE[R] (for students in grade 8 or 9), PLAN[R] (for students in grade 10), and the ACT[R] test (for students in grade 11 or 12). Latino students include Mexican American/Chicano students, Puerto Rican students, Cuban students, and other students of Hispanic origin. The following questions are addressed: (1) Has the achievement of Latino high school graduates improved in the past five years? (2) Are Latino 2006 high school graduates better prepared for college and workforce training than Latino graduates five years ago? (3) How do the college aspirations of Latino high school graduates compare to those seen nationally? (4) What factors affect the academic achievement and college readiness of Latino students? (5) Are today's Latino eighth- and tenth-graders more likely than their counterparts five years ago to be on target to graduate from high school ready for college and workforce training? (6) Are Latino students in the educational pipeline in grades 10 and 12 ready for college? and (7) What is the relationship between college readiness and college success for Latino high school graduates? These questions are examined for: (1) all ACT-tested Latino high school graduates; (2) Mexican American/Chicano high school graduates; and (3) Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other high school graduates of Hispanic origin. Within each group, some of these questions are also examined by gender, family income range, and whether English is the most frequently spoken language in the home. Results are summarized across all groups, unless there are notable differences among the groups. Of ACT-tested 2006 high school graduates, 7 percent were Latino students (about 85,800 students); of these, 63 percent were Mexican American/Chicano students and 37 percent were Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other students of Hispanic origin. Fifty-one percent indicated that English is the most frequently spoken language in the home, 32 percent indicated that it is not, and 17 percent did not provide this information. Based on what we know about numbers of Latino students in public schools, we estimate that about 20 percent of all Latino public high school graduates took the ACT in 2006. (Contains 47 figures and 11 tables.)
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.